Chili & Everything You Can Do With It!

Chili is one of those comfort foods that we all know and love. Being an Ohio girl, there are 2 kinds of Chili in the world….Traditional Chili and Cincinnati Style Chili. Today, it is the traditional style chili! But it is all the fabulous things that you can make with Chili that puts this over the edge!


You will need:

1lb Ground Beef

1 Green Pepper

1 small White Onion

1 (14oz) can Pinto Beans (washed and rinsed)

1 (14oz) can Black Beans (washed and rinsed)

1 (14oz) can of Diced Fire Roasted Tomatoes

1 (14oz) can of Tomato Sauce

1/2 stick of butter

3 TBSP Chili Powder (you can do much less if you so not like spice, this will have a kick to it)

Salt & Pepper to taste


In a large pot, toss in diced up onion, green pepper and butter and sauté them until the onions are translucent.


Next add the beans and sauté them. I can’t stand hard beans so I cook mine down until they are almost mush, but this personal preference.


Once the beans are almost to the consistency you like, add the beef. Sprinkle with the chili powder, salt and pepper.

veggies and meat

Dump in the cans of tomato sauce and fire roasted tomatoes. Stir everything together.


Let it simmer for about 20 minutes until everything is cooked through. If you want it to simmer longer, you may need to add a little bit of water.


So what to do after you’ve made the Chili?

Eat is as:

  • Chili & Cheese Nachos
  • chili cheese nachos
  • Chillitos (Chili and Cheese burrito)
  • Chili smothered potato skins (or mashed potatoes)
  • chili cheese potato skins
  • Taco Salad
  • Chili & Cheese fries
  • Top Spaghetti with it (like they do in Cincinnati! The land of The Big Red Machine  and Who Dey!)
  • Eat it like a normal person out of a bowl
  • chili bowl
  • Between two buns like a Sloppy Joe


As a lean alternative, you can use ground turkey and sauté in Olive Oil. But this meal is packed with nothing but veggies so you won’t feel too guilty about eating it!


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